3. Utilities

There are a lot of utility apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a really useful tool. Your device can be a calculator or clock, or you could use it to print, schedule, or scan QR codes. You may not want to do all of these things, but there are bound to be some utility apps that could help you.

Blogging for this Thing

Use at least one of these apps and write a blog post about what you think about the app and how you may be able to use it personally or professionally. If you know of another app that would fit under this Thing, tell us about it in your blog, too.

redlaser iconRedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner: Apple / Android

If your phone or tablet has a camera on the back of it, then you’ll need an app that can scan barcodes and QR codes. Scanning a barcode or QR code can help you find additional information about an item, bargain shop, and more. RedLaser is an easy-to-use scanner that markets itself as a way you can bargain shop by scanning barcodes to find local deals that are cheaper, but you can also scan QR codes for websites or videos with this app, too.

Click here for help getting started with RedLaser.

google gogglesGoogle Goggles: Android only

Google Goggles may blow your mind a little bit. Google Goggles will perform a search based upon a picture you take. Point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. It can also read text in many languages and translate it into others.

Click here for help getting started with Google Goggles.

Google searchGoogle Search: Apple / Android

This brings a lot of Google into one app. It has Google search (which includes Google Goggles for Apple users and voice search), as well as access to many other Google products: Books, Google+, YouTube, Drive, Maps, etc. If you use a lot of Google products, you can also have the app remind you of upcoming things on your calendar, show you the day’s weather, and more.

Click here for help getting started with Google Search.

standappStandApp: Apple / Android

While front-line library staff may not need to move more, those of us who spend most of the time at our desks can benefit from StandApp. StandApp promotes good health by providing an alarm reminder to stand up and take a break from your desk (or couch!). StandApp includes 10-30 easy exercises (depending on platform) you can perform at your desk during a standing breaks.

Click here for help getting started with StandApp.

ihome sleepiHome Sleep: Apple / Android

iHome Sleep is a feature rich alarm clock app allowing users to set fully customized bedtime and wakeup routines. Sleep to calm sounds, wake to your music, and read Overnight News, a summary of what happened on your social feeds while you were sleeping. iHome Sleep also provides users with a useful sleep log, and sleep stats so you can begin monitoring and improving your sleep.

Click here for help getting started with iHome Sleep.

wifi finderWi-Fi Finder: Apple / Android

Never worry again about finding a Wi-Fi Internet connection. “Near Me” search is based on current location. The app scans for free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots around you. There are more than 45,000 free locations in over 104 countries. The spots are plotted on a map, with Phone numbers and address. You can filter by location type (Cafe, Library, etc.)
and save your favorites. There is a database you can download for offline access.

Click here for help getting started with Wi-Fi Finder.

Other browsers: Apple & Android included

Your apple devices come with Safari. Your Android devices come with Chrome. But you can download other browsers to use on your devices if you’re not a fan of Safair or Chrome. Or even if you are a fan of them, sometimes they crash. It’s always smart to have another browser on your device, just in case.

Click here for help getting some other browsers on your device.

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